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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 33.2 November 2021

On the trail of the Narrow-headed Ant in the UK

By - John Walters , Stephen Carroll, Betsy Vulliamy, Hayley Wiswell

The Narrow-headed Ant has an unusual distribution in the UK, found only in one site in south Devon and a few locations in Scotland, but this is not the only unusual thing about this species. Here the authors provide an in-depth account of the history of the Narrow-headed Ant in the UK, and describe its nest architecture, behaviour, ecology and life history.

There, on a low raised tussock, was a thatch of yellowing nibbled grass fragments bathed in sunlight, tonsured among a fringe of taller stems: the last Narrow-headed Ant Formica exsecta nest on Bovey Heath, south Devon – and it was dying out.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist